Rockwood School District Annual Report to the Community 2017-2018

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Welcome to Rockwood!

Rockwood School District is an education destination.

Nearly 21,000 students attend classes in one of Rockwood’s 33 school buildings. Our students are preparing for futures and careers that may not even exist yet in this ever-changing world of technology.

Rockwood students are renowned for their achievements. The school district’s supporting programs collectively make up one of the highest performing school districts in the country. Rockwood students are performing at high levels in the content areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies on state assessments.

Rockwood students learn how to find answers. But they also are taught how to ask questions. Collaboration and soft skills accompany the exercise in innovation students experience in the community that is Rockwood.

Rockwood has consistently earned the accreditation of Distinction in Performance by the Missouri Department of Education. This is the highest rating a school district can achieve on its Annual Performance Report. Our premier school district is noted for its high student achievement, outstanding teachers and staff, and great community support.

Mission, Vision and Core Values

View our Strategic Plan: 2015-2019

Meet the Superintendent

Read about Dr. Eric Knost

Meet the Board of Education

Learn more about the School Board

Student Achievement

The Rockwood School District continues to be a state and national leader in education. Our mission of doing whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential is at the center of our work. In Rockwood, we want every child to succeed.

Read more about Student Achievement

Best High Schools - U.S. News & World Report
America's Most Challenging High Schools - Washington Post
2018 Best Public Schools in Missouri -

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

  Communication Arts Math
Rockwood School District 79.9% 67.2%
Missouri 61.3% 47.4%

% of students proficient

Read more about MAP Testing in Rockwood

AP Student Scores 3 or Higher

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Different AP exams in Rockwood
Students who took AP exams
Student Achievement

Effective Educators

  • Rockwood Teacher of the Year Lisa Molengraft was recognized as Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year.
  • Two Rockwood elementary principals were recognized by the St. Louis Suburban Elementary Principals Association (SLSEPA).
  • A Rockwood nurse was selected as the 2017 School Nurse of the Year by the St. Louis Suburban School Nurses Association.
  • A Rockwood teacher was selected as state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
  • A Rockwood teacher was awarded a Special Recognition Broadcast Adviser honor by the Journalism Education Association as part of the National High School Broadcast Adviser of the Year program.


Have Advanced Degrees


Average Years of Experience


National Board Certified Teachers of the highest in Missouri!

Safe, Caring Schools

Rockwood believes strongly in the importance of character education.

In 2016, has designated Rockwood as one of only four National School Districts of Character. Each year, this program selects school districts that are dedicated to character development relating to academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.


National Schools
of Character


Missouri Schools
of Character

13 Rockwood Schools were recognized for 17 Promising Practices in 2017

These are unique, specific and effective character education strategies that can be a model for schools across the country.

Promising Practices at Rockwood
Students in the WEB Program

The WEB program, or
Where Everybody Belongs, is active in middle schools and high schools. Older students mentor younger students and model lessons in character education, anti-bullying and positive school climate.

The Leader in Me program has been used as a model in several Rockwood elementary and middle schools.

School Report Cards

With more than 21,000 students, Rockwood is the largest school district in St. Louis County. In addition, the district’s 19 elementary schools, six middle schools and four high schools collectively make up one of the highest performing school districts in the country.

Visit a Rockwood school and you’ll see great things: successful students, caring employees, enthusiastic volunteers and a commitment to excellence in education. Each Rockwood school produces a school report card to highlight their students’ achievement, enrollment and staffing. Click on your school to find their report card.

Rockwood Finances

Rockwood recognizes the importance of being held accountable to its patrons for the financial health of the school district and is dedicated to professional, prudent and conservative financial management. These financial challenges have strengthened our commitment to ensuring that taxpayers' money is invested wisely in public school education.

2017-2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Enrollment 20,930 and Staff 3,497

2017-2018 Operating Budget - $224 million

Revenue Chart

Property Taxes 66%; State Foundation Formula 14%; State Sales Taxes 8%; Other 8%; Desegregation Aid 4%

Expenditures Chart

Instruction 73%; Facilities and Maintenance 12%; School Support 7%; Transportation 4%; Central Administration 4%

Rockwood Community

Parent University Logo

One of the exciting things about Rockwood School District i​s the shared belief that we're all learners.

Parent University is a Rockwood website which features stories about the experiences that define excellence in our school community. We’ll bring you information about academics, social-emotional learning, health & wellness, safety, and college and career readiness.

Parent University

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Listen. Honor. Share.

That's the mission of Rockwood Voices podcast. Who are the people who make up this school district?

Unscripted conversations introduce us to the administrators, teachers and staff who make Rockwood an education destination.

Rockwood Voices

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A good education requires a partner. In Rockwood, we have PIE (Partners in Education).

PIE facilitators collaborate with volunteers willing to share their expertise or special talents with our students. This community cooperation enhances curriculum and affords our students a real-world view of what their future might look like.

Partners in Education

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Parkway-Rockwood Community Education is a partnership between the two school districts.

“Community Ed” offers a broad range of programs and services for youth and adults in several areas, including aquatics, adult​ education and literacy, enrichment, outdoor education, school-age care, sports and visual and performing arts.

The collaboration provides high-quality programming and services to enhance quality of life for residents.

Parkway-Rockwood Community Education